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April in Berlin

The capital is blooming

© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

April, April, it does what it wants, as the German rhyme goes. In Berlin, April wants to do a lot of everything: celebrate Easter and tree blossom festivals, visit galleries and new exhibitions, run marathons and much more. Don't miss our hotspots for rose-tinted spring pictures, #BerlinBlossom. We'll also tell you where the first programme of the 2024 European Championships will kick off in April.

Tip 1: Berlin Blossom - dive into the flower world

Kirschblüte am Mauerweg Bornholmer Straße
© visitBerlin, Foto: Martin Gentischer

Whether cheerful tulips, romantic cherry blossoms or other spring flowers and tree blossoms. In April, Berlin really gets going with the blooming splendour in bright colours. You can properly celebrate the arrival of spring at the Britz Tree Blossom or Cherry Blossom Festival - with music, street food and much more. While the Britzer Baumblüte is more of a folk festival with a beer garden and fairground rides, you can expect traditional costumes from Japan, China and Korea as well as Asian food and unique anime and manga products at the Gärten der Welt.

Our spring map shows you where else you can find the most beautiful blossoms in Berlin.

Berlin Blossom Map

Tip 2: Radical Playgrounds at the Gropius Bau on the occasion of UEFA EURO 2024

Brandenburger Tor als Fußballtor
© Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH

The "Radical Playgrounds" art trail explores the boundaries between play and competition in an artistic way on the occasion of this year's European Championship. Everything revolves around "winning" and "losing", "fighting" and " victory", terms that are used both in children's games and in football. The parking lot of the Gropius Bau will be transformed into a leisure park with large-scale art installations that invite interaction. In addition, there will be a series of workshops and performances in which the cultural and interpersonal backgrounds of games will be explored.

When: from 27 April
Where: Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Radical Playgrounds

Tip 3: Celebrate Caspar David Friedrich's 250th birthday

Caspar David Friedrich, Moonrise by the Sea
Caspar David Friedrich, Moonrise by the Sea © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Fotograf: Jörg P. Anders

On the 250th birthday of Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), the art world is celebrating one of the most influential German painters who ever lived. Belonging to the Romantic era, his melancholic and dreamy works became famous all over the world. In the Alte Nationalgalerie's anniversary exhibition "Caspar David Friedrich. Infinite Landscapes", see some of Caspar David Friedrich's most spectacular paintings. For example, "Monk by the Sea", the "Chalk Cliffs on Rügen" or "Moonrise by the Sea". One of the special features: An entire room will be dedicated to the famous pairs of paintings in his oeuvre, while another will provide information on the exciting results of the restorations.

When: from 19 April
Where: Alte Nationalgalerie, Bodestraße 1, Mitte

Exhibition "Caspar David Friedrich. Infinite Landscapes"

Tip 4: Tour Berlin's galleries for three days during Gallery Weekend

Besuch einer Gallerie
© GettyImages, Foto: JGI/Tom Grill

Another top event for art lovers is the Gallery Weekend. At no other time of the year can you visit the city's most interesting galleries within three days. From "EIGEN + ART" to "Sprüth Magers" or "neugerriemschneider". On this weekend in April, you can immerse yourself in the crowd and see them all from the inside. With around 50 participating galleries spread throughout the city, you'll definitely be busy for a while. You'll find a particularly large number of galleries in the districts of Mitte and Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.

When: 26 to 28 April
Where: Participating galleries

Gallery Weekend Berlin

Tip 5: Enjoy the great atmosphere at the Berlin Half Marathon 

07.04.2019 Halbmarathon  Berlin
© Camera4

The half marathon in Berlin is the event for thousands of runners from all over the world. The course passes some of the city's most famous landmarks, including the Brandenburg Gate, Victory Column and Potsdamer Platz. The race offers both experienced runners and beginners the opportunity to take part in one of the biggest half marathons in Europe. The atmosphere along the route is electrifying, as the participants are cheered on by enthusiastic spectators. After the race, there is an after-run party where runners can celebrate their success and relax.

When: 7 April
Where: Route through Berlin

Berliner Half marathon

Tip 6: Be inspired at the environmental festival at the Brandenburg Gate

Grünes Berlin
© (c) visumate

Visit the environmental festival that transforms the Straße des 17. Juni between the Brandenburg Gate and the Grosser Stern into a sustainable adventure mile. Let yourself be infected by the enthusiasm and innovative ideas. The overarching theme of this year's festival: the forest and its diverse functions. You can follow discussions, award ceremonies, music and more on two stages. There will also be plenty of information and organic food at 250 booths.

When: 28 April
Where: Straße des 17. Juni, Mitte

environmental festival at Brandenburger Tor

Tip 7: Climate change in the UNESCO World Heritage Park Sanssouci

Sanssouci in Potsdam
Sanssouci in Potsdam © SPSG, Schloss Sanssouci, Leo Seidel

The Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation's themed series also shows how important the topic of sustainability is. On guided tours through Sanssouci Palace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can learn more about the consequences of climate change. Equipped with numerous plants from different parts of the world, the effects of extreme weather conditions can be seen particularly quickly in the biotope of the palace gardens. During a two-hour tour, you can find out exactly how climate change is reflected here and what conservationists are doing to combat it.

When: regular tours in German from 14 April
Where: Sanssouci Park - Sanssouci Palace, Maulbeerallee, Potsdam

Climate change at Park Sanssouci

Tip 8: Visit the achtung Berlin film festival

© Getty Images, Foto: Fabio Pagani / EyeEm

The achtung berlin film festival focuses on the diversity and creativity of the film industry in Berlin and Brandenburg. The festival shows a wide selection of films, from in-house productions to major professional studio releases. The achtung berlin film festival places particular emphasis on promoting local talent and offers a platform for up-and-coming filmmakers. The programme is rounded off by an extensive supporting programme with workshops, pitches, panels and film discussions.

When: 10 to 17 April
Where: Participating cinemas

Achtung Berlin Film festival

Tip 9: Marvel at the European Arts and Crafts Days

Mrs Lüder making a ceramic vase
Production of a ceramic vase © visitBerlin, Foto: Eveline Klink/ideenmanufaktur

During the European Arts and Crafts Days, numerous businesses in Berlin will open their doors and give you a glimpse behind the scenes of their craftsmanship. In Berlin, more than 100 studios, workshops and exhibition centres are taking part in the event. The spectrum ranges from ceramics and fashion design to musical instrument makers. In addition to many local artists whose work you can admire and talk to during these days, the German Museum of Technology, for example, will be providing information about the technical background to the arts and crafts.

When: 5 to 7 April
Where: Many places in Berlin

European Arts and Crafts Days

Tip 10: Put a toe in the water at the Beachfood Festival

Street Food
© GettyImages, Foto: RgStudios

The Beachfood Festival at the Wendenschloss lido offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the first sunny days of the year. Even if it's still a little too chilly for swimming, you can still feel the sand under your feet and dip a toe in the water. But much more importantly, you can also eat your way through burgers, pizza and exotic specialities at the Beachfood Festival. Discover stalls with arts and crafts treasures and enjoy the stage programme with live music. A special children's world will also be set up to provide fun for younger visitors.

When: 20 to 21 April
Where: Wendenschloss lido, Möllhausenufer 30, Treptow-Köpenick

Beachfood Festival

Tip 11: Become an art collector at the Affordable Art Fair

Art gallery
© GettyImages, Foto: mmac72

Have you always dreamed of having your own art collection? Or maybe you're just looking for the right piece for that one free wall in your home? At the Affordable Art Fair, you can buy contemporary works of art ranging in price from 100 to 10,000 euros. Whether you're looking for photographs, prints, paintings or small sculptures, you're sure to find what you're looking for here.

When: 11 to 14 April
Where: Arena Berlin, Eichenstr. 4, Treptow-Köpenick

Affordable Art Fair

More tips for April and the whole year 2024 can be found in the event calendar.

Maria Grade


studied art history in Berlin and is at home in the digital world. For her, things get interesting where technology and sustainability meet art and architecture. As a child, she wanted to become a writer or journalist. Today she writes about the Berlin of the future for you. All posts